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Physical media refers to physical, removable game media such as cartridges, discs, and tapes as opposed to digital distribution systems or games built into the firmware of a console. Use only for questions related to the media themselves rather than pure gameplay issues.

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Which language will be the Japanese retail version of TBOI: Repentance?

There's a Japanese version of The Binding of Isaac: Repentance published by Pikii, and it's available for way less money than the original one: I need to know if the game will have English ...
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1985 NES sometimes has blinking red light, sometimes outputs a white screen, and rarely works

I recently acquired a 1985 NES which, prior to cleaning, either had a blinking red light or outputted a white screen seemingly at random. Moving the NES or removing the cartridge and placing it back ...
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I lost my PS4 game disc, can I continue to play if I buy the digital version?

I lost my PS4 game disc of Ghost of Tsushima, and I want to buy a digital version from PSN, which is now on discounted price. Will I be able to continue my own game or do I have to start over ...
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If I buy a new disc for a game I already own, does it keep the savefile?

I have a disc copy of Transformers Fall of Cybertron and it's getting old and I needed replaced with a newer disc. If I insert the new disc into my PS3 will my old save be there? Or will it replace it?...
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Determining Cartridge version based on Case Clues

I've mostly migrated over to a digital game library but still enjoy having a small collection of physical games, such as first-party Nintendo. But these days even having a physical edition feels ...
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Why is this price for Pokémon Diamond so high? [closed]

I understand that recently retro video game collecting has surged to the point where high demand is creating high prices, but does this price seem right for a NDS Pokémon game? I walked into a ...
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If I buy another disc copy of a game, will my saved files (saved to my Xbox Profile) still be there for the other disc?

If I buy another disc copy of a game, will my saved files (which I have signed in through my Xbox profile) transfer all my data from my original disc to my newest disc?
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Toddlers never remove/change "Nintendo Game Card" properly, are there any possible risks to the hardware?

The toddlers constantly generate this error because they don't exit the game cleanly when they remove the Nintendo Game Card. Software closed because game card was removed In German the error is ...
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Can you move a modded DS game ROM into physical copy then play it on unhacked 3DS?

I have a unhacked 3DS handheld which contains many games, and I won't hack it because it is so smooth and well maintained like new. And I have so many physical games. There's a certain game called ...
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In what exact manner does an NTSC SNES game differ from being played on a PAL SNES+TV?

I have a PAL SNES and a PAL CRT TV from 1989. I do not believe that it supports NTSC; it only says "50 Hz" on the back. Some SNES games were never released in Europe (or anywhere which used ...
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What console game has been released with the highest number of optical discs?

Nowadays, games being released in 1 or 2 discs is considered normal (for example, RDR2 for PS4/Xbox One in 2 50GB Blu-ray discs and GTA V for the Xbox 360 was 2 9.5GB DVDs), but I remember that around ...
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Did any PS3 games come in a Dual Layer 50GB Blu-ray disk?

A standard Single Layer Blu-ray can hold 25GB, but a Dual Layer disc can hold 50GB. Did any PS3 Games came in a 50GB disc? Is there a way to identify them?
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NES TV screen artifacts and game behavior changing due to old console/cartridge, what is physically happening?

Whenever my nephew comes to visit I grab my NES and we play some 30 year old games. Sometimes when I first power on the console the screen comes with artifacts, removing the cartridge and cleaning the ...
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How long do GBA cartridge batteries last?

I've been wondering how long Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridge batteries actually last. I have Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the GBA and it uses a battery to make a save file. Can someone help me find ...
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Why is Microsoft selling physical media games for Series S?

I am confused as to why the following products exist: Why is Microsoft selling physical media games for Series S when there is no disc drive on Xbox Series S?
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What is this PS3 System Software Update Disc? How it was made available? Are there more like this?

While browsing Reddit, I found this picture of an European CD meant to update the System Software of a PS3 to 2.00. What is this disc used for? (I ask because it seems pointless, as the CECHGXX ...
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How long can we expect an Atari 2600 cartridge to last?

How long can we expect a used, acceptable condition Atari 2600 cartridge to last if played less than ten times yearly?
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Can you still get Minecraft Story Mode disks?

I found a few Minecraft Story Mode disks in Amazon and eBay, and I was wondering if I could still get Minecraft Story Mode after it's gone on a disk. Will that work mcsm was one of my favorite games ...
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Can I do anything useful with the cases my PC games came in after redeeming the code?

I need to make some more room in my bedroom cabinet for more books, and one of the ways I can do that is by cleaning out the 3 shelves of PC game cases that I already redeemed the code for. My plan ...
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Is the physical copy of Battleborn significantly different from the version Steam sells?

A local store near me sells Battleborn for a fraction of the price it sells for on Steam. However, this is a physical copy using a disk, and the cover makes it seem like it's only a limited version, ...
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Can I play without a DVD Drive?

I bought GTA IV - EFLC today. I have got 2 DVDs and CD-Key. (also a printed map and manual. I like it.) What I don't have yet is a DVD Drive on my Gaming Rig. Any Ideas on how to run it? Can I make ...
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Do DS cartridge batteries run dry?

Do Nintendo DS cartridge batteries (do those games have batteries?) run dry after some time like GBA/GBC/GB games? Is it true that they will last at least 100 years or something?
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How do I open this game?

I recently bought some shrink-wrapped bargain bin games. Most of them seem like normal reprints of games but one has an extremely strange case that I can't figure out. (Apologies for the potato ...
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Storing (console) video games - sitting out or inside a container?

I've been gaming for quite a long time, and have never had a game go bad on me, since I've always taken good care of my games. However, one thing I've done differently over the years is the storage ...
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